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What Are Some Precautions I Can Take To Avoid Having An Allergic Reaction
Become an expert: Become an expert at reading the ingredient labels on foods at the grocery store, and don’t be afraid to ask restaurants specific questions about their dishes. Remember, cooking food in the same pan after another can lead to contamination. Food allergy is serious: the more you know the better you can protect yourself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Do you know of any safe medication i could take to curb my allergic reactions to crab and shrimps? & what causes these
No : Do not eat foods that you are allergic to under any circumstances. These foods are like poison to you and taking some medication to dampen your allergic response is not healthy. There are plenty of other foods to eat beside crab and shrimp. ...Read more
Options: Vicodin is hydrocodone/acetaminophen(tylenol) and so your reaction is possibly due to the hydrocodone component (assuming you have taken tylenol without concerns). Also, you will need to define what you consider "allergic reaction" as many reactions are side effects. If you have already tried some nsaids like naproxen, mobic, (meloxicam) voltaren, etc then i would consider tylenol 3 or Percocet as options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the chances of having an allergic reaction to a probiotic? Want to take them but scared that will cause harm.
NSAIDs: First, ask your doc how allergic you are. In other words, what's your allergy. Upset stomach isn't an allergy but hives & swelling of tongue/lips are considered part of allergic reaction. Ibuprofen is part of the NSAID family. Other members are Naproxen & even aspirin. Remainder are only available by prescription so you need to chat w/your family doc anyway to be sure s/he knows what's going on. ...Read more
I had a severe allergic reaction to keflex. Can i trust taking other antiobios in the future without being pre-tested? How to know if allergic again?
Many options: Antibiotics are in a number of chemical classes. With a severe reaction to Keflex (also called cefazolin), you should avoid antibiotics in the cephalosporin and probably the penicillin class, as there is a higher chance of cross reactivity. Typically, we will give antibiotics in a different chemical class rather than testing. For you, examples may be clindamycin, Ciprofloxacin or vancomycin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone be allergic to anti-histamines and what else can you take if an allergic reaction occurs?
Occasionally yes: but not to all antihistamines, often times the allergy is to an inactive ingredient in the drug, but true allergy to antihistamines is there, rare though, if need be you can try 2nd or third generation antihitamine under your doctor's supervision, goo luck ...Read more
Girlfriend allergic to latex are non latex really safe for me and her or will cause allergic reaction what about polyurathsne and the skyns condom ?
Latex allergies...: Latex is a plastic and has chemical stabilizers, so is not just a single ingredient. One may not know which ingredient(s) in latex items she is allergic to. That means one can't be sure that all "non-latex" items won't cause a reaction. The polyurethane and synthetic condoms can be presumed safe from latex allergies, and protect agaisnt STD's. The natural "lamb" ones may have less STD protection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do I know if I'm having an allergic reaction to something and would it be ok to take 3 beenedryl for a minor reaction ?
Allergic Reaction: Not sure what you mean by allergic reaction. If you are referring to anaphylaxis (hives, swelling, vomiting, shortness of breadth, etc) then epinephrine is the treatment of choice, call 911. Allergic rhinitis (congestion, sneezing, eye itch) is treated with OTC antihistamines, nasal sprays, saline rinses, etc. See an Allergist first to determine exactly what you are allergic to. ...Read more
If I am allergic to nsaids can I take oxycodone-aspirin? What are my actual options for pain relief? Also allergic to acetamenophine
Depends: If your allergy is to a specific nsaid like naproxen (more rare), then yes. If your allergy is not IgE-medicated, but rather causes hives or perhaps other side effects such as gastrointestinal discomfort, then yes. Side effects could be treated. If your allergy is to all nsaids (such as in a aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease), then no unless desensitized. See an Allergist to differentiate. ...Read more
What medications can I take if I am allergic to dogs, prior to visiting with family/friends that own pets?
Can you develop allergies from taking medicine or doing certain things? I'm allergic to beer and all pain medicines, but i wasn't always.
Afrin (oxymetazoline): The best medicines are antihistamines like claritin, zyrtec or allegra. Sudafed is also ok over the counter. Prescription nasal sprays like flonase, nasonexnasonex or patanase are fine too. But afrin has significant side effects and i don't recommend it to any patients. ...Read more
Drug Allergy: Z pack means Azithromycin which is a macrolide antibiotic. Clarithromycin (biaxin), Erythromycin are from the same group. So you can be allergic to these also. Your doctor need to know you are allergic to azithromycin. There are many other classes of alternative antibiotics. Your doctor will decide accordingly if you need antibiotic in the future. ...Read more
Allergic reaction to MRI dye? I am very allergic to all sorts of things, so i'm a bit paranoid about getting an MRI done. Do you know if it's common to have an allergic reaction to MRI dye? If so, what type of bad reactions do people have? Is there a way
Acute : Acute allergic reactions to MRI contrast material ("dye") are rare, occuring in less than 0.1% of injections. Most reactions are mild, for example a rash, itching, or nasal stuffiness. However, some reactions are moderate or severe and require immediate medical management. Moderate reactions include shortness of breath, increased or decreased heart rate, or increased or decreased blood pressure. Severe reactions include respiratory distress, abnormal heart rhythm, seizure, or cardiopulmonary arrest. A radiologist, who is a physician who specializes in diagnostic imaging, is always available near the scanner to manage contrast reactions. There is no way to know ahead of time if you will have an allergic reaction to the dye. Potential factors that may increase your risk of an acute allergic reaction include a history of previous allergic reaction to iv-administered contrast medium (either gadolinium-containing, which is used for mri, or iodine-containing, which is used for ct), a prior allergic reaction to a substance other than contrast media, or a history of asthma. If your risk for a severe reaction is high, for example if you had a severe reaction in the past, your doctor may offer you steroids as premedication before the scan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oral allergy: If your reaction is limited to the mouth, which is usually the case with pineapple, time will heal it. This is not a life threatening allergy, it is called oral allergy syndrome. Take an oral antihistamine 30 minutes before eating it in the future or avoid it. Cooked pineapple should be ok. ...Read more
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